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Old 09-24-2009  
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ok this is super embarassing ...but i am so over dealing with it i just need to say it .......I have a bathroom phobia to the point where if i leave my house i have the fear that i am going to need to use a bathroom and not get to one in time ...the fear is so much that it in turn manifests in to me having to really use the bathroom ,and we are not talking #1 here ........

it has sucked every enjoyment out of my life, playing music /hanging with friends /getting tattooed /and the worst i have lost my girlfriend over it ,i dont blame her i cant do anything with her its excuse after excuse why i cant do things
i have started to seek therapy both a psychologist and a psychiatrist ...but its hard to go to the sessions i get panicked that in the waiting room or in the actual sessions i will need to use the bathroom
i just feel so alone with this and need anyones advice who is going through something like this ...medicines or anything like that that might be helping you out
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Sounds like the use of CBT is required in your case.
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Sounds like the use of CBT is required in your case.
I fully agree. That might be very helpful for you.

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Well, when you're nervous or anxious, your sphincter puckers-up so tight that it'd be awfully tough for an accident to actually happen.

It seems to me like your fear of it happening actually prevents it from happening.

But I do hope you get some help for your dilemma, dap. I think all of us here can sympathize with your worries, and none of us would judge you for it because that's pretty-much everyone's idea of a "worst social mishap scenario."

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I used to have a similar situation where I would be afraid to go to the bathroom because it would take me a while to start peeing, so I thought people around me would think "wtf is this guy doing? I can't hear him taking a piss...." so I would become really tense and be unable to pee at all lol. I'm over it now though, thanks to my awkward techniques :p

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Well, when you're nervous or anxious, your sphincter puckers-up so tight that it'd be awfully tough for an accident to actually happen.

It seems to me like your fear of it happening actually prevents it from happening.
I was debating about whether to reply to this topic or not, because it is embarrassing...

But I would have to disagree with you on this. I don't have a "phobia" about this... at least not as bad as sodapop, but I occasionally struggle with "accidents" like this that happen, or almost happen, when I'm nervous and/or anxious. It mostly happens during really stressful times, like before tests or presentations at school (thankfully I'm done, but once I get a job, I may still have to deal with presentations)... and seem to be worse if I happen to be driving somewhere, like I'll be on the interstate and know that I'm nowhere near a bathroom. The anxiousness/nervousness does not stop the actual accident from happening, and in fact, increases the chances that it will. The best way I deal with it when it happens, aside from finding a restroom ASAP, is to try to stop thinking about it and calm down. It doesn't always work, but I at least feel a little better until I can find a bathroom.
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what is a CBT i am unfamiliar with this term
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what is a CBT i am unfamiliar with this term
CBT = Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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I was debating about whether to reply to this topic or not, because it is embarrassing...

But I would have to disagree with you on this. I don't have a "phobia" about this... at least not as bad as sodapop, but I occasionally struggle with "accidents" like this that happen, or almost happen, when I'm nervous and/or anxious.
I'm sorry to hear that, Lurk.

I hope that doesn't necessarily have to be the case with everyone who has this particular fear.
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I have a similar problem strangely, although I'm not really "scared" of bathrooms. I'm just "disgusted" at them. There's a complete lack of privacy and there's plumbing everywhere which just makes the place seem so dirty. I try to avoid it as much as possible, which really tends to ruin my day.

My only solution was to rent an apartment 5 minutes from campus. That way I can just go back home when I need to use the BR. My studies have vastly improved because of this. I no longer have to plan ahead for long school days. I just go home whenever I feel like it.

But yea, you can't exactly "move" close to everywhere you go, lol, but I would at least "attempt" to re-locate to an apartment that's in very close proximity to most of the places you go everyday. There's a lot out there, and they're surprisingly not expensive (especially since you no longer have to worry about parking!)
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